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HEAVY SCHOOLBAGS: A SERIOUS THREAT TO LEARNERS’ HEALTH

HEAVY SCHOOLBAGS A SERIOUS THREAT TO LEARNERS’ HEALTHToday, kids are left with no options but to carry heavy backpacks to schools. It is not uncommon to find the learners, especially in high schools, carrying school bags weighing up to 8 Kilos on their shoulders- everyday!

Pediatricians have observed that such heavy bags can lead to strained back and neck in growing children. Therefore, it is not surprising to hear children complain of back pain, neck sprain, etc.

Carrying very heavy backpacks can lead to musculoskeletal problems, especially if children carry the bag on one shoulder. To carry a heavy bag, the child has to lean forward and this leads to the development of a bad posture. The excess weight puts undue stress on the muscles, ligaments and the disk, thus damaging them. The alignment of the column is also disturbed, causing it to bend, mostly forward or sideways. In other words, a heavy bag puts the learners’ health and their physical development at risk.

In such a scenario, the inevitable question is – “Is there an effective way to deliver comprehensive learning without hampering the learners’ physical health?”

Yes! E-learning is the way forward. E-learning resources give learners the freedom to carry their study modules in a single digital device, exempting them from the burden of carrying multiple textbooks and heavy school bags. Apart from reducing the weight on the learners’ shoulders, here are few other benefits that e-learning delivers:

Fact 1: E-Learning has extremely positive benefits for the environment. The production and provision of e-learning courses consumes an average of up to 90% less energy, while also producing 85% fewer carbon dioxide emissions per learner (4). Moreover, use of paperless learning saves millions of trees!

Fact 2: There is better learner engagement and interaction through immersive and collaborative nature of e-learning. The use of multimedia within the learning environment keeps the tech-savvy generation engaged and leads to increased knowledge retention (1).

Fact 3: With e-Learning, participants learn nearly 5 times more material without increasing the time spent in training. (3)

Fact 4: Multimedia learning tools help to improve our brains’ retention power. If the textual information is combined with relevant images and visuals, learners can remember as much as 65% of the information 3 days later (2). Luckily, the possibility of accessing images through technological devices is almost limitless.

Human beings are, and have always been, predominantly visual-oriented. They instinctively respond better to visuals than to words, and the proof is in our physiology:

  • 70% of our sensory receptors are located in our eyes.
  • 50% of our brain is involved in processing visual information.
  • We can understand a visual scene in less than 1/10 of a second.

So, with smart e-learning tools such as Extramarks’ Virtual Lab and Smart Learn Modules, learners are able to stimulate multiple senses through visuals, stories, characters and voice-overs, which create enriching learning environment conducive to knowledge retention.

Fact 5: Learning outside physical boundaries of classrooms: On a lot of occasions, learners hesitate to ask questions to the teachers in the classroom. With digital learning, even if learners do not understand the concept in first attempt, they can attend the recorded sessions through their digital devices for further clarity. This ensures anytime-anywhere availability of learning resources to the learners beyond the classrooms.

Visit www.extramarks.co.za to find out more about Extramarks’ e-learning solutions.

 

References:

  1. Chadwick, K. (2014) e-Learning Trends for 2014 Bizcommunity.com
  2. Highcare world: visualsstorytelling
  3. http://info.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/301248/15-Facts-and-Stats-That-Reveal-The-Power-Of-eLearning
  4. http://www3.open.ac.uk/events/3/2005331_47403_o1.pdf